Photos Of Low-tech/low-light Tanks With Staurogyne Repens And/or Dwarf Sag

JoeCamaro
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Hello Folks.
I am looking to buy some foreground plants for my low-tech/low-light 46G Bow Front.
I am hesitating between S repens and dwarf sag.

I have seen pictures of both online, but I don't know what set-ups they are, so they may be high-tech/high-light.

I would like to see what to expect, hear any tips and suggestions if possible.

Thanks.
Joe
 
Baba
  • #2
S. repens in low light will shoot up and don't look pretty. That's my experience with it.
 
jscherman2
  • #3
Hello Folks.
I am looking to buy some foreground plants for my low-tech/low-light 46G Bow Front.
I am hesitating between S repens and dwarf sag.

I have seen pictures of both online, but I don't know what set-ups they are, so they may be high-tech/high-light.

I would like to see what to expect, hear any tips and suggestions if possible.

Thanks.
Joe
Funny, I just ordered some S repens earlier, and some dwarf Amazon swords. Hoping the S repens looks alright!
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
S. repens in low light will shoot up and don't look pretty. That's my experience with it.
That's what I feared.
Thanks
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Funny, I just ordered some S repens earlier, and some dwarf Amazon swords. Hoping the S repens looks alright!
You have a low tech set up as well?
 
Ryan P
  • #6
Yeah I agree, avoid s. repens on low light. unless your going to have time to trim and re-plant very often. Dwarf sag would work how ever still might take a while to spread on low light and might get a little bit tall
 
jscherman2
  • #7
You have a low tech set up as well?
I do! The new plants should be here Tuesday or Wednesday.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
I do! The new plants should be here Tuesday or Wednesday.
Great. I'll keep my eyes open for updates on how they do for you.
 
EbiAqua
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For low tech? Definitely dwarf sag. Is long as it is getting adequate nutrition and at decent light in the correct spectrum, it should spread and prosper. Mine is currently quite tall... a good 8" in places, but this is because my lighting is only a Finnex Stingray on a 29 gallon. Thinking of upgrading to a Finnex Planted+ or Fluval 2.0 Plant.
 
Fanatic
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Where might the photos be?
 
EbiAqua
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My lowtech setups with dwarf sag
3g Walstad bowl
29g subtropical community
10g betta and adf
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EbiAqua
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Wow! I love your tanks!

The secret is my substrate. The Walstad uses organic potting soil capped with 2mm ceramic BB's (I thought they looked cooler than gravel or sand), the other two use Marfied Controsoil.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
The secret is my substrate. The Walstad uses organic potting soil capped with 2mm ceramic BB's (I thought they looked cooler than gravel or sand), the other two use Marfied Controsoil.
I have a 5 gallon that I think I'll do the Walstand method. My 46g has plain pool sand.
 
EbiAqua
  • #15
I have a 5 gallon that I think I'll do the Walstand method. My 46g has plain pool sand.

I saw your 46, beautiful tank btw. As long as it has root tabs it should be fine.

Walstad method requires a lot of patience, but plant growth is unmatched. My bowl has been running livestock-free for over a month and a half (aside from hitch-hiker snails) and in May should be ready for shrimp. No filter, no heater, no fertilizers, just an airstone for circulation and gas exchange.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #16
I saw your 46, beautiful tank btw. As long as it has root tabs it should be fine.

Walstad method requires a lot of patience, but plant growth is unmatched. My bowl has been running livestock-free for over a month and a half (aside from hitch-hiker snails) and in May should be ready for shrimp. No filter, no heater, no fertilizers, just an airstone for circulation and gas exchange.

Thank you so much

Yes, I use root tabs.

I know it will take months to get the tank balanced with the Walstand method. I do not know a whole lot about it, but I will surely read more before I do anything. I'm not in a hurry and I think patience will pay off.

Thanks for sharing your tanks.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
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Fahn Do you have the book, found info in forums, watched videos on YouTube or a combination of all?
 
EbiAqua
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Fahn Do you have the book, found info in forums, watched videos on YouTube or a combination of all?

I have Diana Walstad's book but haven't gotten very far. When I have free time I tend to watch videos or play games rather than read.

Most of my knowledge is from forum interaction and my own personal experience in the hobby. Dustin of Dustin's Fish Tanks on YouTube is a big advocate of dirted tanks and has several videos on how to set them up and maintain them.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #19
Thank you.
 
alicia_lynn
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I have both s. repens and dwarf sagittarius in my tank. No CO2, and low/medium light. They've only been in there a week so I'm not sure exactly how they'll turn out but they seem to be doing okay.
 
JoeCamaro
  • Thread Starter
  • #21
I have both s. repens and dwarf sagittarius in my tank. No CO2, and low/medium light. They've only been in there a week so I'm not sure exactly how they'll turn out but they seem to be doing okay.
Can you share a photo of them?
 
alicia_lynn
  • #22
Can you share a photo of them?

For sure, I get home from work late tomorrow and I'll try to remember to take a picture then. The only thing is that they're relatively new to my tank, so I'm not sure if the way they look now is accurate, as the lighting may be higher at the fish store. They did come out of a no CO2 tank with what I'm guessing is a relatively medium light.
 
alicia_lynn
  • #23
Don't mind my new driftwood fungus problem I got going on
 

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Baba
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Don't mind my new driftwood fungus problem I got going on
That's a good example of a S. repens in low light. It will never get this tall in medium/high light with sufficient CO2 supply. With good light and CO2 it will stay small 1-1.5" and will be much more bushy and spread out horizontally.

It looked like this in my tank when I used to have it, in the shadowed areas it looked like the plant above.

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jscherman2
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Great. I'll keep my eyes open for updates on how they do for you.
Planted my s.repens last night.
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